Letters to the Editor
Bikes and buses
CARTA riders waiting for the bus on Folly Road need shelters with a bench to sit on — especially older adults and parents with young children as summer approaches.
The bike lanes on Folly and Harborview roads need a physical barrier or a striped lane to separate them from the car lanes. The path along Fort Johnson Road needs to be completed.
Finally, motorists on Harborview need to yield to people in the crosswalk at Stiles Point and Harborview roads. Cars rarely stop or travel the posted 25 mph morning speed limit. It is very difficult for children on the way to school to cross. If you would like traffic and safety to improve on James Island, assist citizens who rely on public transportation or bicycles.
On May 19 I drove behind a skateboarder on Anson Street. He held a dog on a leash. They crossed Calhoun Street just before the light turned green and proceeded up Elizabeth Street in the left lane.
Not long ago I watched two skateboarders who could not have been more than 12 years old on a street in Ansonborough.
If skateboards are allowed on streets, why aren’t rollerblade skates or kick scooters? If college kids are allowed to skateboard on the street, why can’t kids of any age do it?
One unexpected pothole or bump in the road could be enough to make a vulnerable skateboard rider hit the pavement in front of a vehicle. Unlike bikes, there’s nothing on a skateboard to hang onto to stay balanced.
Just because kids want to skateboard on the street, doesn’t mean it’s safe or kind to allow it.
If I were the mother of a skateboarding college student, I’d thank City Council for making a law against it.
I would strongly recommend and urge Charleston County Council to approve the proposed rezoning of 1985 Maybank Highway from Planned Development to Community Commercial.
Almost all of the other properties along Maybank Highway are either Community Commercial or General Business.
Presently, this section of Maybank Highway has a traffic count of 26,000 cars per day, and if Community Commercial is not suitable in this location, it would not be suitable anywhere else in Charleston County.
The role of government is to protect the minority, in this case the property owner. Property ownership is the foundation of our country and should be respected, especially in cases like this where the owner has bent over backward to accommodate the nearby homeowners.
I have closely followed the process that the owners of 1985 Maybank Highway have been undergoing over the past five years, and have clearly seen that they have been able to reduce opposition to their project from almost the entire surrounding area to just a few very vocal people.
This has not been a fair process to the property owner, who is seeking the same zoning as other properties along Maybank Highway.
It is typical throughout Charleston County on a major arterial road such as Maybank Highway that you will find the property on the road being zoned Community Commercial, with residential property immediately behind it.
The claims of property value diminution by the remaining opposition are untrue. I feel that it is time that this debate comes to an end and that the owner be allowed to finally proceed with his project.
J. Warren Sloane
BIC Sloane Realty
I suggest people use multiple sources of information when considering voting issues.
One article I read by Artur Davis, a former legislator from Alabama, recounted what he described as ballot box stuffing, using the identity of dead, disabled and mentally impaired citizens.
Just as it is important for eligible citizens to be able to vote, it is equally important that their votes are not nullified by a vote that should not have been allowed.
There have been many recent instances of voter registration fraud throughout the country. The Internet has many news outlets, liberal and conservative. I try to look at both sides to make an informed decision.
Many places and activities in the course of our daily lives require multiple forms of ID. I don’t recall either political party objecting to citizens having to provide identification for any other right or service.
Blue Heron Drive
The International Primate Protection League (IPPL), which has been headquartered in Summerville since 1977, has been holding biennial conferences since 1990.
This year we listened to speakers from around the world tell us about their courageous frontline work to make the world safer for primates who share it with us. Over 100 people came.
Ofir Drori told us about his pioneering efforts to establish wildlife law enforcement in Central Africa from his base in Cameroon. His efforts have resulted in the incarceration of dozens of ivory poachers and ape traffickers. His book “The Last Great Ape” came out in early April and, after our conference, he went to Atlanta for a CNN interview.
Edwin Wiek runs a wildlife rescue center in Thailand with his wife, Noy. The couple fights the illegal wildlife trade, which is rife in Thailand, The center, staffed primarily by volunteers, cares for over 400 animals rescued from bad situations.
Sirajul Hossain, a famous wildlife photographer from Bangladesh, made a presentation about his nation’s primates and brought along his cameras. He was given a tour of Beidler Forest Swamp by its director Norm Brunswig, and got some spectacular photos of our wonderful birds and trees. He loved the swamp.
Other speakers came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, Kenya and Europe. Three primatology students from Duke University attended, as did local students and volunteers.
While in Nashville for a nephew’s Vanderbilt commencement I was fortunate to tour the superb Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Designed by David Schwartz, architect of the Gaillard Performance Hall, it is an extraordinary, multi-faceted jewel box.
Noted for nuanced acoustics, the Schermerhorn was erected with a similar synthesis of public and private funds. Unfortunately, I missed the full experience as the Nashville Symphony was performing at Carnegie Hall.
Though a new Charlestonian, I have perspective (my mom was a concert pianist who studied at Juilliard, and I studied art/architectural history in graduate school at Northwestern). The historic fiber of this city is its essence, and culture is vital. A Santiago Calatrave Hall on our harbor is not a feasible option. Charleston is privileged to have an individual with foresight who wishes to support the creation of this fine structure.
Beyond fiscal merits, a stunning new Gaillard will enhance cultural experiences for Charleston residents and visitors. Charleston deserves to have this distinctive performance hall coalesce with vibrant community support. A center of the Gaillard’s caliber will complement the arts in Charleston.
Shannon W. Gillespie
Ziz Zag Alley
Day to remember
As we approach Memorial Day we need to remember: America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, it didn’t get that way without sacrifice.
It is the land of the free because of the brave. We owe so much to the veterans who gave all to continue to make this nation great. Let us not forget them on Memorial Day.
Joseph Ohorodnyk Sr.